In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way–rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry. Blackalicious is an American hip hop duo from Sacramento, California made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley). They are noted for Gift of Gab’s often “tongue-twisting”, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel’s “classic” beats.

Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde andJurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the “positive tip”; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group’s music.

South Philly rapper-producer Lushlife juxtaposes '90s east coast flow and chamber-pop textures with an air of indie experimentation, making Dilla, My Bloody Valentine, and Drake feel like they’re part of one perfectly-connected lineage. His 2011 mixtape 'No More Golden Days' explored increasingly eccentric sonic territory, and was praised by Pitchfork, Okayplayer, and many others, while his most recent LP, 'Plateau Vision' (Western Vinyl), was included on numerous 2012 year-end lists from the likes of Stereogum and taste-making radio stations like KCRW and KEXP. Lush's performances are a tour de force one-man show that melds live instrumentation, verifiable spitting, and jaw-dropping projected visuals. Lushlife is currently putting the finishing touches on a genre-bending LP featuring Shabazz Palaces, Ariel Pink, Deniro Farrar, and more.

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